Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the NBA’s all-time leading scorer in 1984 when he passed Wilt Chamberlain.
After playing five more seasons, the six-time MVP ended his career with 38,387 points, an astronomical number and the product of a career spanning two decades.
No matter how untouchable they are, however, records are meant to be broken and that’s something Abdul-Jabbar is keenly aware of as LeBron James moves closer to the NBA’s all-time scorecard.
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Unlike many who could protect individual accolades close to the chest, the NBA legend takes a different approach. In fact, he’s “excited to see this happen,” as longtime NBA insider Marc Stein put it in a recent interview.
“I am delighted to see this happening. I do not view records as personal achievements, but rather as human achievements. If a person can do something that has never been done, it means we all have a chance to do it, “Abdul -Jabbar said.
“It’s a source of hope and inspiration. Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile in 1954. Since then not only have 1,400 runners beaten that time, but the new record is 17 seconds shorter. We all win when a record is broken and if LeBron breaks mine, I’ll be there to cheer him on. “
On the eve of his 19th season, a newly motivated James is 3,020 points behind Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time record. He is expected to average 36.9 points per game and play in all 82 games to overtake him this season. Needless to say, this will not happen. But if he continues to average 25 points per game, he will overtake Abdul-Jabbar in 121 more games, which is comfortably aiming for the middle of next season, barring any major setbacks.
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He must first pass Karl Malone, who has a 1,561 point lead. James has exceeded that total in 16 of his 18 seasons, so it’s reasonable to assume he will drop to second by the end of the 2021-22 season.
Only two current players are in the all-time top 10, with LeBron Lakers teammate Carmelo Anthony currently sitting 10th.
NBA All-Time Scores List
|1.||Kareem Abdul Jabbar||38,387|
|2.||Karl Malone||36 928|
|3.||James lebron||35 367|
|4.||Kobe bryant||33 643|